Wisdom teeth removal in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ
Wisdom teeth removal in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Sahuarita, AZ

Extract Third Molars, Protect Oral Health

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. Some people develop all four ‌molars, while others develop more or less than four or none ‌at all. Dentists and oral surgeons recommend having these molars extracted as soon as possible because the average mouth does not have room for them.

Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Jerome Holbrook perform wisdom teeth extraction in Sahuarita, AZ, for teens and adults. We offer many anesthesia options for your comfort and will guide you through every step of the process. Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today if it's time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth removed.

Why Get Oral Surgery To Remove Wisdom Teeth?

When there is not enough room for wisdom teeth, they may only partially erupt or remain fully trapped beneath the gums, known as impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth can grow sideways and damage the roots of other teeth. Because their path is blocked, impacted wisdom teeth will not erupt naturally and must be surgically removed.

Wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment as they try to squeeze through the gums. Many people feel discomfort in the back of the mouth due to wisdom teeth, while others do not feel any pain. However, wisdom teeth can cause problems without causing pain or immediately noticeable symptoms.

If left untreated, wisdom teeth become more firmly embedded in the jaw and surgery to remove them can be more difficult. They may lead to issues such as:  

  • Damage to other teeth and their roots

  • Damage to facial nerves

  • Cysts or tumors

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Bite misalignment

  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth or swallowing

    Your dentist takes X-rays during exams and will refer you to an oral surgeon if wisdom teeth are detected. You can also visit Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons without a referral. We will evaluate your oral health and determine if it's time to remove wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

During the first visit, we will take 3D scans of your mouth, of your mouth to evaluate your wisdom teeth. Your surgeon will go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions you have. We typically use IV sedation for wisdom tooth removal, but will discuss all of your anesthesia options.

Once the anesthesia has been administered, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue covering the tooth and extract it. Your surgeon may break large teeth into smaller pieces to make removal easier. If a wisdom tooth has fully erupted, we can remove the tooth using forceps without making an incision, similar to a simple tooth extraction. After all the wisdom teeth are removed, we place sutures as necessary and the procedure is complete.

After undergoing IV sedation, a responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. Post-surgery, follow the instructions from our office to ensure a fast and smooth recovery. They contain information on when to rinse your mouth, how to brush your teeth, how to care for your extraction sites, and more.

Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The cost of wisdom tooth extraction is different for everyone. Factors like insurance, anesthesia, the number of wisdom teeth, and the overall extent of surgery contribute to the final cost. Our staff will provide you with a cost estimate for your oral surgery at the first appointment so you know exactly what to expect. Contact us in Sahuarita, AZ, today to find out how much your wisdom teeth removal would cost.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.

Hear From Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.

Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

Valentino got his wisdom teeth removed in Oro Valley, AZ
Valentino Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I came to AZOMS to get my wisdom teeth taken out. Everyone was very welcoming and very friendly, and the building was very, very, very neat. Before my appointment, I had met with Dr. Coles so we could discuss my wisdom teeth. Meeting him, he’s a very generous, nice man. He helped me through the whole procedure. He was there with me since the waiting room until the very end. My recovery time was a lot faster than I was expecting — it was about two to three days. Dr. Coles and his team are very professional. They’re friendly, and they’re always here for you. I would recommend it to any of my friends."

Amanda had her wisdom teeth removed in Tucson, AZ
Amanda Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth pulled. It was time for them to be taken out because they were growing in, so they needed to get rid of them so they won't bug me later on. I was very nervous indeed. I've never been knocked out/put under anesthetic/put to sleep before, so I was very concerned about how it was going to be and what was going to happen afterwards because everyone reacts differently. It went really well! I was actually really happy that it went well instead of chaos, and they were being so nice, and they didn't act like it was their job. They treated me like a friend, not just a patient. My recovery was actually really good. I was fine, I was awake, I wasn't groggy or anything. Dr. Coles was a really, really nice guy. I had fun. "

Jerry got his wisdom teeth removed in Tucson, AZ
Jerry Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I had a problem with a wisdom tooth that I needed pulled, and it was a molar next to it that it was having problems with. So, I came to Dr. Wood just to check it out. First of all, I needed that wisdom tooth pulled out, so he pulled that out, and then we talked a little bit about the other tooth, and he said, "Well, let me take a look at it." So he took some extra film, and he goes, "No problem with that. We'll go ahead and reconstruct it." So he did that for me as well, which I was very grateful because I didn't want to lose that molar. Dr. Wood and his staff are very, very nice. They calm you down; they talk to you, they walk you through the procedure, and very gentle. And "Let me know if there's any pain; we'll go ahead and fix it." I would recommend Dr. Wood to anyone. Yeah, good people. All his staff especially. They do good work here."

Alicia got dental implants in Tucson, AZ
Alicia Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"Well, my sister got her wisdom teeth out — extracted — first, and so when my sister's wisdom teeth extraction was so good (she had a great experience) that we just had to come back for my wisdom teeth extraction as well. I wasn't really nervous because I saw how great the recovery that my sister had was. The doctor was talking to me — I had met Dr. Wood before so I knew who he was — so that made it a lot calmer to me. The procedure itself — it went really smoothly, and I just remember waking up and just knowing they were taking care of me. My recovery went really well. I just made sure to lay low and for about three or four days, I was eating really soft foods. Within a week or two later, I was eating regular foods. Dr. Wood was really nice. He's really funny too, and he just knows how to calm you down. He's really friendly. The staff was really welcoming to me as I came in. They always make sure that you're comfortable in your situations. One of my favorite things that they did was Dr. Wood called the night after to see how they were doing and to check up on them, on the recovery. And so it's really just a welcoming place to come, and I think that the recovery went really well."

Danielle had her wisdom teeth removed in Tucson, AZ
Danielle Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons because I had another friend who went here before, and he had a really good experience with it, so it made the process easier. I needed to get my wisdom teeth taken out, and so I had all four of them that needed to be removed. When I found out I needed to have them taken out, I was really nervous because I had never had any other type of surgery or anything like that before, so it was really scary for me at first. They were really, really welcoming when I came in, and they walked me through it and explained everything that was going to happen, and my mom was able to come back with me too, so it just all made it really simple. My procedure went really well. I don't really remember a whole lot after it, but when I was going in, I was really scared and they gave me a blanket, and they sat there with me and were very calm about it. My recovery was pretty good. Dr. Wood was really awesome because he called a few times and saw how I was doing. I would definitely recommend Arizona Oral Surgeons. It was a really good experience for me, and I don't think it could have gone any better."

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my dentist remove wisdom teeth?

Dentists can perform simple tooth extractions and some can perform wisdom tooth extractions. Oral surgeons, however, are the most qualified experts to remove wisdom teeth. Oral surgeons undergo many years of training after dental school and are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia. For wisdom teeth removal and other oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, dentists refer patients to an oral surgeon for treatment.

Will I be asleep during wisdom teeth removal?

Most patients undergo IV sedation for wisdom teeth removal, which will render you into a semi-conscious state. You will be awake enough to ‌respond to questions, but will not feel any pain. We often combine this with a local anesthetic to further numb the surgical area. Our oral surgeons also offer laughing gas and general anesthesia.

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot forming within a healing tooth socket becomes dislodged. It is quite painful because the underlying bone and nerves are exposed. You can prevent a dry socket by not using straws or smoking during the healing period.

What age should I have wisdom teeth removed?

We recommend having wisdom teeth removed as soon as they ‌develop. For most people, this is between the ages of 17 and 25. Early extraction is often easier because the molars are not fully developed and younger patients ‌tend to recover faster. However, you can have wisdom teeth removed at any age. We see many adults in their 30s, 40s, and beyond undergo wisdom tooth extraction.

Exceptional Outcomes From a Team You Can Trust

We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years. As board-certified experts, our surgeons bring years of training and expertise to you and your loved ones with the highest standards. Learn more about our office or contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today to see how we can improve your oral health.